Pivotal and VMware Recently Launched Pivotal Container Service (PKS) to Help Accelerate Enterprise Kubernetes Adoption

San Francisco – September 26, 2017 – T​he Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), which is sustaining and integrating open source technologies like Kubernetes and Prometheus, today announced that Pivotal has joined the organization as a Platinum Member, and VMware has increased its participation to the Platinum level.

Both companies support open source development, portability across multi-cloud environments and scalable applications, and CNCF membership supports their commitment to bring Kubernetes containers to enterprises. At VMworld 2017, Pivotal and VMware, in collaboration with Google Cloud, announced a new product called Pivotal Container Service™ (PKS) that enables enterprises and service providers to deliver production-ready Kubernetes on VMware vSphere and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), with constant compatibility to Google Container Engine (GKE).

“Pivotal works with over half of the Fortune 500 companies transitioning to the cloud, so we understand the urgency enterprises have to improve developer productivity and improve operational efficiency. At Pivotal we believe a cloud-native approach to software development and operations will change all companies for the better,” said Ian Andrews, vice president, products at Pivotal. “We’re excited to invest in CNCF’s mission to make cloud-native computing ubiquitous among enterprises as quickly as possible.”

“VMware is a founding member of CNCF and for the past few years has focused on making it easier to deploy and operationalize containers in enterprise data centers,” said Paul Fazzone, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud-Native Apps, VMware. “VMware works closely with many CNCF members to enable our technology to support their ever-evolving cloud native requirements on private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. We believe our increased support for CNCF and the community will help businesses to deploy, secure and operate Kubernetes clusters on any cloud.”

Additionally, VMware developers helped push Kubernetes to version 1.0, while Pivotal engineers partnered with Google to launch Project Kubo – a joint engineering effort to bring the multi-cloud deployment capabilities of Pivotal Cloud Foundry® (via BOSH) to Kubernetes clusters – providing a uniform way to instantiate, deploy, and manage highly-available Kubernetes clusters on any cloud.

“Pivotal and VMware are active participants in the cloud native community so we are excited to see them increase their involvement and become CNCF platinum members,” said Dan Kohn, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “CNCF is a hub for massive collaboration among many of the world’s largest and most innovative software and cloud companies. Our members are partnering to ensure cloud native technologies and containers spread to enterprises of all sizes.”

Pivotal joined the Linux Foundation in 2016 and contributes to other Linux Foundation projects, including Cloud Foundry Foundation and the Open Container Initiative. VMware became a Linux Foundation member in 2008, and today is a Gold Member and holds a seat on the Linux Foundation board. VMware also participates in several other Linux Foundation projects, including ONAP, Open Container Initiative, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Hyperledger, and EdgeX Foundation.

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About Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of those software stacks including Kubernetes, Fluentd, linkerd, Prometheus, OpenTracing, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, CNI, Envoy and Jaeger. CNCF serves as the neutral home for collaboration and brings together the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors – including the six largest public cloud providers and many of the leading private cloud companies. CNCF is part of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about CNCF, please visit: https://www.cncf.io/.